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    How A Company That’s Worth $1.5 Billion On A Friday Could Go Bankrupt On A Monday

    by Myles Udland | via Business Insider | GT Advanced Technologies, which makes sapphire glass components for smartphones, filed for bankruptcy on Monday. Sapphire glass is an ultra-strong material, which Apple uses on both the camera lens and fingerprint scanner on the new iPhone. However, Apple doesn’t, contrary to some expectations, use the material for the …

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    3 Critical Steps You Need to Do Before Launching Your Business

    by SurePayroll | There is nothing more exciting for a small business owner than the days leading up to launch. While you may have a lot to think about, and even more to do, most people wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. Here are three things to do before your big day arrives: Speak with …

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    What Your Business is Worth [Infographic]

    by SurePayroll | There comes a time when all entrepreneurs look to see how much their business is worth if they were to sell. Whether it is because they can no longer continue to run the business, are looking to start a new venture, or simply just want to cash in and get that big …

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    Ello isn’t the Facebook alternative you were promised

    by Robert W. Gehl  | via The Week | he remedy for Facebook and Twitter’s relentless surveillance is pretty clear: Go elsewhere. But while many sites have tried to become viable contenders for the social media crown, the mostalternative of the alternatives have faced one insurmountable challenge: Attracting enough people. If no one’s there to hear …

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    8 Ways a Simple Notebook can Change your Life

    by Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree | Want to stick to goals, get happier, and improve your relationships? Get a notebook. Go buy a notebook Many people have written to me saying they love all the research on bettering themselves but need that first step on how to shoehorn it in to their day-to-day …

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    Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    via Tech Crunch | by Sarah Perez | On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on …

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    The Art of Moving On

    by Daniel Goleman | We all experience disappointments at work. Passed over for a promotion. Argument with a client or colleague. Office politics run amok. As a leader, your colleagues may see you as the cause of their frustrations – justified or not. Regardless of the source of grief, these distractions can impact performance on all levels. How can you …

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    Peter Thiel’s Secret of Innovative Success

    by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry | It’s also the not-so-secret secret to living a happy life. You should read Peter Thiel’s new book, Zero to One. Even if you don’t have the slightest interest in business. Even (especially!) if you don’t already avidly follow everything the PayPal founder and innovative entrepreneur says. Zero to One is ostensibly about the startup business. …

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  • How to Innovate Your Email Marketing: Unlock the Fourth Type of Campaign

    by Michael Fisher  | There’s still room for innovation in email marketing. Many are quick to write off email as old-fashioned, but think about the customer experience: Members of your audience no longer sit down to check their Hotmail account once a day or once a week; email is now a habitual part of the consumer and …

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  • How to Get the Most of Out of Best-Practices in Audio Branding

    by Colleen Fahey, Laurence Minsky  | It could be argued that maintaining a vibrant audio brand—a distinct musical identity that expresses a product or service’s promise, personality, and values at each touchpoint—is, in and of itself, a marketing best-practice. Yet, most US marketers haven’t tended to their audio brands, whereas their European competitors—Peugeot, Michelin, AXA, SNCF, and others—have …

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    Innovation: Smart Luggage

    via The Week | Airbus is developing a new “smart luggage” product that will help link travelers with their bags, said James O’Toole at CNN.com. Working with luggage-maker Rimowa, the jet manufacturer has developed a device called Bag2Go, which features a radio-frequency identification chip and GPS technology to help owners track their luggage in transit. While Bag2Go is …

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    8 Best Hotel Gyms in the World

    via Executive Travel Magazine | We’re not just talking about spa resorts. Urban, business-minded hotels are rocking the fitness market. “Gone are the days of a couple of old treadmills in the basement,” says Jason Friedman, general manager at The Siam, one of central Bangkok’s newest boutique properties. “We know that the size and quality of …

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Money | Success

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    Would a Bubble be Good for the U.S. Economy?

    by John Aziz | In an interview with Princeton Magazine, New York Times columnist and Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman faced a difficult and rather strange question: “Are bubbles good or bad and do we need them to create strong economic growth and reach higher levels of employment?” The question relates to an often-quoted and often-misunderstood passage from a column in 2002, in …

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    Tips for the Beginner Investor to Make It Good

    by Rose Martin | It is very important you invest your hard-earned money wisely. The term ’investment’ is kind of intimidating to most of us and we are really clueless as to how we can put away our savings in a suitable and rewarding manner. As your Dad has always advised, it’s best to get …

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    Eight Cool Apps That Save You Money On Your Groceries

    via Tech Crunch by Sarah Perez | Call it #RealWorldTech: the following eight mobile apps can help you save money on your groceries – even if you don’t have time to clip coupons. The latest, of course, comes from Groupon which has been steadily expanding beyond the daily deals space. But it’s only one of now …

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Retailing Tips & Trends

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    Retailers See Growing Impact of Mobile on Consumer Behavior

    by Ivan Serrano | Today the world stands connected through almost 10 billion connected devices and over 1.5 billion people subscribed to a social network. Over 1.5 billion of the 10 billion connected devices in the world are represented by smartphones, whose owners can be connected practically anytime and anywhere. The marketing world has in …

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    Retailers Not Giving Up the Battle Over Credit-Card Swipe Fees

    by Catherine Clifford | via Entrepreneur | The retail industry and credit-card issuers have been locked in a fight over swipe fees for years, and while a settlement was approved in December to end the legal battle, the retail industry has stood back up and vowed to keep fighting. The National Retail Federation (NRF) formally filed an appeal with …

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